The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition presents a new two-day conference. Mark your calendars for:

2018 Breastfeeding Conference 

November 1–2, 2018

Eugene Hughes Metropolitan Complex
5015 E. 29th Street N., Wichita, KS

The first day of the conference will focus on building the capacity of local breastfeeding coalitions to successfully create communities supporting breastfeeding. Registration for Day 1 will be FREE and will include a KBC membership for 2019 for all attendees.

The second day of the conference will focus on “hot topics” in lactation to provide clinical skills and breastfeeding knowledge for healthcare professionals and others who serve families. The registration fee for Day 2 is anticipated to be approximately $110 and will include continuing education credits for Registered Nurses (RNs), IBCLCs & CLCs.

Registration will open in early September – join the KBC to receive registration information first.


Applications for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program- Planning (RCORP-Planning) are being accepted until July 30, 2018. Read the notice of funding opportunity. The purpose of RCORP is to support treatment for and prevention of substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in rural counties at the highest risk for substance use disorder, including the 220 counties identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being at risk for HIV and Hepatitis C infections due to injection drug use (See Appendix A for additional eligibility information). Notice of awards will be September 30, 2018.

Eligible applicants include all domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit, entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations, who will serve rural communities at the highest risk for substance use disorder and who meet the RCORP-Planning specifications for the Applicant Organization and Consortium.


IAC Express

The CDC issued a news report stating that the total number of 172 pediatric deaths from influenza in the 2017–18 flu season is the highest on record, excluding pandemics. The first paragraph of the CDC report appears below.

The CDC is reporting an additional pediatric flu-related death this week, bringing the total number this season to 172. This number exceeds the 2012–2013 season, which previously set the record for the highest number of flu-related deaths in children reported during a single flu season (excluding pandemics). Approximately 80% of these deaths occurred in children who had not received a flu vaccination this season. CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. These deaths are a somber reminder of the importance of flu vaccination and the potential seriousness of flu. CDC experts have described the 2017–2018 season as a high severity season, with influenza-like-illness (ILI) remaining at or above baseline for 19 consecutive weeks, record-breaking flu hospitalization rates, and elevated pneumonia and influenza mortality for 16 weeks.

Access the full news release on the CDC website: CDC Reported Flu Deaths in Children Exceeds Seasonal High


The Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) system enables health care providers to establish a single user ID to use across multiple Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) applications. Clinicians and applicable practice staff should have an EIDM account. Read this article to understand why clinicians who are eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) should have an account and how to open and maintain an account.

American Cancer Society

A new NCCRT resource for primary care, Risk Assessment and Screening Toolkit to Detect Familial, Hereditary and Early Onset Colorectal Cancer, is now available, both as a full toolkit and a quick start companion guide.  The purpose of this toolkit is to improve the ability of primary care clinicians to systematically collect, document, and act on a family history of CRC and adenomas polyps, while also educating clinicians on the need for more timely diagnostic testing for young adults who present with alarm signs or symptoms of CRC and ensuring that those patients receive a proper diagnostic work up. If you missed the the webinar on the Risk Assessment and Screening Toolkit to Detect Familial, Hereditary and Early Onset Colorectal Cancer, a replay is available by clicking here.


Don’t forget to complete your KAFP Annual Meeting online evaluation by June 29.  Click the blue Evaluation button. Your feedback helps us plan for future meetings. If you fill out an evaluation and submit with your name by midnight June 29, you will be placed into a drawing.  The prize is FREE REGISTRATION to the 2019 Annual Meeting, June 6-8 in Wichita. Thank you for your time. Good luck!



​The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation is proud to announce the fourth annual Let’s Move, Kansas run/walk. Let’s Move Kansas aims to promote an active, healthy lifestyle for all Kansans. Mark your calendars for October 20, 2018 at Sedgwick County Park, Wichita, Kansas for this year’s event!

Registration is now open at: Be sure and sign up by August 20 for the early bird rate! $5 discount for residents and medical students ONLY with promo code STURES18.

Register at  Proceeds benefit the KAFP-Foundation.  Join us in motivating Kansans to move, and supporting the future of family medicine!

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, KU School of Medicine-Wichita and our platinum sponsor, Grene Vision Group. If your hospital/clinic/company is interested in being a sponsor for this event, please contact at Michelle Corkins or 316-721-9005 for more information.


The KAFP membership passed the following bylaws amendment at the Member Meeting on Friday, June 15, 2018:

Bylaws: Chapter III, Meetings

Section 4. Each member of the Board shall be expected to attend participate in all of the scheduled Board Meetings on an annual basis. If expected attendance participation is not achieved, the Board member in question may be interviewed by an ad hoc committee selected by the president, to consider whether that member should be asked to resign.

Rationale: This would allow virtual participation in Board Meetings.  If adopted the Board intends to adopt policies regarding which meetings are eligible for virtual participation and other details regarding virtual Board participation.

During the KAFP Board Meeting, the Board took action to adopt the following policy:

KAFP will hold completely virtual meetings for the Spring and Fall Board Meetings, when there are not additional meetings attached, such as Strategic Planning or Succession Planning.  In-person attendance is highly preferred and encouraged for the Winter and Summer Board Meetings.  This is due to the additional meetings near the same time for which board attendance is expected:  Advocacy Day, with the winter meeting, and the Annual Meeting, with the summer meeting.

  • If a board member is unable to attend the Winter and Summer Board meetings in person, KAFP will offer the capability for video conferencing through a program such as Zoom, to enable the Board to both hear and see people who could not otherwise participate.
  • If a person must connect virtually s/he should connect via video conferencing rather than by conference call.
  • The chair for the Winter and Summer Board meetings should be present in person. If the Board Chair is not present in person, the President will chair the meeting, even if the Chair is participating via video conference.
  • Staff will develop an RSVP system by which Board Members should reply about their plans to attend the Winter and Summer meetings, whether in person or virtually. Prompt notice of the need for video conference attendance (at least 7 days before the meeting) is essential for staff to make appropriate accommodations for technology. 
    • Staff will make their best efforts to accommodate last minute (less than 7 days prior to a meeting) video conference attendance requests with the understanding that accommodations may be limited. If no video conference attendees are known ahead of time, staff will not make plans to set up virtual meeting technology.
  • For all meetings, voting members have the privilege of the vote, whether they attend and participate virtually or in-person.
  • Board Orientation will be offered virtually, or in person.
  • KAFP may develop additional ground rules that pertain to Virtual Participation. (See below.)
  • If there is a Board member who does not participate and engage in Board activities either in-person or virtually, the officers should have a conversation with him/her, discussing any barriers and encouraging engagement.
  • KAFP will provide links to available tutorials and other assistance for use of the video conferencing tool used. (End of Policy)

Additional Ground Rules for Virtual Participation in Board Meetings:

  • Do not mute and hold side conversations if there is more than one board member at a location.
  • The Chair may decide whether to use thumbs up/thumbs down, the chat or polling function for voting.



The KAFP congratulates the following members who were recognized at this year’s Annual Meeting:

  • Kansas Family Physician of the Year: Michael Machen, MD (Quinter)
  • President’s Award: Todd Miller, MD, FAAFP (Wichita)
  • Foundation President’s Award: Debra Doubek, MD (Manhattan)
  • Kansas Exemplary Teaching (full time): Patricia Fitzgibbons, MD (Kansas City)
  • Kansas Exemplary Teaching (volunteer): Todd Miller, MD, FAAFP (Wichita)
  • KAFP-Foundation Hostetter Student Awards: Erik Bowell (KUSM-Salina); Codi Ehrlich (KUSM-Wichita); and Victoria Otaño (KUSM-KC)
  • Carol A Johnson MD Family Medicine International Mission Scholarships: Ellen Abell, MD and Andrew Ross, MD, both Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program
  • AAFP Fellows: Patrick Lee Allen, MD, FAAFP, (Wichita); Lisa Marie Gilbert, MD, FAAFP (Wichita); Stephen Muriuki Njagi, MD, FAAFP (Lees Summit); Jeremy J Presley, MD, FAAFP (Dodge City); Jon D Schultz, MD, FAAFP (Stilwell); Margaret Smith, MD, MPH, MHSA, FAAFP (Kansas City); and Nicole Terranova Yedlinsky, MD, FAAFP (Lansing).



Members elected KAFP officers and leaders at the Member Meeting on Friday, June 15. During the President’s Dinner & Installation, elected officers were sworn in by AAFP President, Michael Munger, MD, FAAFP. Introducing the 2018-19 slate of officers:

President: Jeremy Presley, MD, FAAFP (Dodge City)
President-Elect: Sheryl Beard, MD, FAAFP (Wichita)
Vice President: Chad Johanning, MD, FAAFP (Lawrence)
Secretary, Jen Bacani McKenney, MD, FAAFP (Fredonia)
Treasurer, Gretchen Irwin, MD, MBA, FAAFP (Wichita)
Delegate (2 year term) Jen Brull, MD, FAAFP (Plainville)
Delegate (1 year term), Doug Gruenbacher, MD (Quinter)
Alternate Delegate (2 year term), Diane Steere, MD (Wichita)
Alternate Delegate (1 year term), Lynn Fisher, MD, FAAFP (Plainville)